April 30, 2018

12th Annual IECRM Summit Awards Honors Best and Brightest in Electrical Contracting and Renewable Energy Sector

On April 12th, more than 200 leaders in electrical contracting and renewable energy in the Rocky Mountain region gathered at the Denver Athletic Club to recognize and celebrate excellence in the electrical, energy, and green building fields through the prestigious Summit Awards.  For 12 years, the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) has held these awards. This year, seventeen IECRM member companies and individuals took home twenty-six awards, the highest number in the ceremony’s history.

“Throughout the years, the Summit Awards have recognized leadership, collaboration, and excellence in our industry,” says Lindsey Cox, president of the IECRM board of directors.  “This program is about celebrating projects that have added to the landscape and vitality of our communities, the lifetime achievements of several members, the incredible support we receive from our partners, and the contributions that our IEC apprentice alumni and instructors have made in the industry.”  Cox is Vice President of HR and Finance for 1st Electric Contractors.

“Our association is growing rapidly every year in Apprenticeship enrollment, Contractor membership, and also the recognition in the Summit Awards program,” added Marilyn Stansbury, CEO of IECRM.  “We broke previous years’ entry records for outstanding projects and companies nominated this year. The addition of three new awards — excellence in community service, innovation, and industry collaboration — and our migration to a totally online entry process have made it easier to enter and broadened the categories in key areas we believe are essential to the strength of our industry.”

Celebrating excellence was the main theme this year. Entries were judged by an independent panel of industry experts. Many IECRM Summit Award winners have gone on to compete for an IEC National Award for their outstanding work. This year, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception to the music of a live pianist, bustling networking with colleagues and friends, and a sumptuous seated dinner set under the gleaming crystal chandelier of the DAC’s Grand Ballroom. The Premier Sponsor of the 2018 Summit Awards was CRS Insurance Brokerage ( Other supporting sponsors included: Pinnacol Assurance (Safety Award), Corey Electrical Engineering (Bar), Graybar (Networking Reception), Allcable (Table Wine), Allcopy Products (Photography & Media), and Milwaukee Tool (Wire-off Contestant Table).


Since 1981, the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) has been the leading electrical and renewable energy contractor association in Colorado. Representing more that 225 member companies and educating over 2200 electrical apprentices and licensed electricians annually, IECRM is dedicated to educating, promoting, and advancing the energy industry.

IECRM is located in Northglenn, CO and is a chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), a national trade association for merit shop electrical and systems contractors.


2018 Summit Award Winners

Award Name

Presented To For

Executive Strategic Initiative Award

Allan Matsuo, Matsuo Engineering Outstanding Commitment, Diligence & Dedication in the Creation of the Ice Castle Float
Highest Peak Award Weifield Group Contracting

Vertafore Headquarters Project

Alumni of the Year

Jake Jackson Demonstrated Leadership & Contributions to the Energy, Electrical & Construction Industry
Industry Partner of the Year Jay Commuso, I-Pro

Support of IEC Rocky Mountain & the Energy, Electrical & Construction Industry

Instructor of the Year

Joe Tate Excellence in Training the Next Generation Electrician
Project Manager of the Year Russell Tafoya, Weifield Group Contracting

Exhibiting Exceptional Project Management Skills, Professionalism & Work Ethic

Legislator of the Year

Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp Legislative Work in Support of the Electrical Industry & Workforce Education
Safety Excellence Integrity Electrical Solutions, Inc.

Excellence in Achieving & Promoting a Safe Workplace

Community Service

Power Design, Inc. Exhibiting Excellence in Community Involvement, Industry Advocacy & Volunteer Work
Electrical Service Juniper Mountain Electric

Exhibiting Excellence in Quality, Customer Service & Overall Experience

Member & Industry Partner Collaboration

Corey Electrical Engineering, Inc. & Integrity Electrical Solutions, Inc. Exhibiting Excellence in Partnership, Contributions & Collaboration

Electrical Industry Innovation

Network Insurance Services, LLC Exhibiting Excellence in an Innovative Business Solution that Benefits & Enhances the Electrical Industry
Veterans Support Bret’s Electric, LLC

Demonstrating Leadership as a Veteran-Friendly Employer

General & Electrical Contractor Partnership Award

Weifield Group Contracting & Hensel Phelps

Chanda Center for Health

Commercial ($500,001-$1,500,000)

Weifield Group Contracting Vertafore Headquarters Project
Commercial ($3,000,001 +) Encore Electric, Inc.

Colorado State University Multi-Purpose Stadium on Main Campus

Commercial (-$500,000)

Bret’s Electric, LLC Nomadic

Commercial ($1,500,001 – $3,000,000)

Weifield Group Contracting

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Space Theatre

Energy Efficiency & Green Construction (Renewable Power Generation) Weifield Group Contracting

University of Denver Net Zero Energy Home Project

Industrial ($500,001-$1,500,000)

InPwr Inc. Aemerge RedPak Hesperia
Industrial ($3,000,001 +) Encore Electric, Inc.

University of Wyoming High Bay Laboratory

Industrial ($3,000,001 +)

The Northern Group Haile Gold Mine
Industrial ($1,500,001-$3,000,000) Weifield Group Contracting

Northglenn Wastewater Treatment Facility Headworks & Clarifier Project

Low-Voltage Systems

Encore Electric, Inc. University of Colorado – Colorado Springs Visual and Performing Arts Center
Residential (Multi-Family) 1st Electric Contractors, Inc.

Nine Hundred Penn

Residential (Single Family) Courtesy Electric Company


Photos From The Summit Awards

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